William A. Hares, Burleson, Texas, died Saturday June 15, at Kindred Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas. His wife is the former Sandra Leigh Stevens. They were married for 43 years.


Born in Dunmore, son of the late William and Mary Elizabeth Hares, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Pennsylvania State University. Before his retirement, he was employed by Link Simulation & Training for 35 years.


He was a gentle giant known as "Adorable Bill" by his family. He enjoyed swimming, boating, eating out and working with his hands. He was friendly, enjoyed helping others and loved spending time spoiling his grandchildren.


Also surviving are a son, William L. and wife, Kristine Hares, Canonsburg, Pa.; three daughters, Jennifer L. and husband, Eric Slocum, Burleson; Mary E. Hares, Arlington, Texas; and Debra K. and husband, John Stankewitz, Fort Worth; a sister, Elizabeth "Bonnie" Gorton, Dunmore; eight grandchildren, William Evan Hares, Cayla Hares, Gabriel Hares, Martin Hares, Sydney Hares, Jeremy Slocum, Aidan Stankewitz and Andrew Stankewitz; many cousins, nieces and nephews.


He was also preceded in death by a son, Steven Hares.


The funeral will be Saturday with a blessing service at 9:30 a.m. in the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore. Interment will be at Dunmore Cemetery.